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Herman Carlton Currie

Military

18-Mar-43 First mission despatched on mission to Vegesack, Germany, a strongly fortified shipbuilding region as Bombardier of B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS. The aircraft, piloted by 1LT Loyd D. Griffin, returned from mission with an excellent wheels up landing in a field about 4 miles from Molesworth. The aircraft was Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR). Crew suffered no injuries.

Completed a 25-mission tour on 27-Aug-43.

Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.
PH/ DFC/ Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24559 Ooold Soljer

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24559 'Ooold Soljer' was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-C] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. ...

  • 42-5483

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Homestead 17/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-F] Molesworth 7/3/43 RED ASS; transferred 427BS; 5m* Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Finis Brumbeloe, Co-pilot: Donnell Marsh, Navigator: Jim Groves, Flight...

  • 42-5723

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-5-VE 42-5723 [PU:D] was delivered Long Beach 30-Sep-42; Tulsa 4-Oct-42; Wayne 5-Nov-42; Salina 27-Nov-42; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-D] at Molesworth, UK 13-Feb-43; battle damaged over Vegasak on 18-Mar-43 crash landed with wheels up in field four...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 45

    18 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens at Vegesack-Bremen are the primary target of this mission. 76 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (18) and 306BG (20). These are joined by 17 B-24's: 44BG (9) and 93BG (15). Of the 103 aircraft despatched 97 are effective...

  • VIII Bomber Command 46

    22 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens and harbour facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. 76 B-17's are despatched: 91BG (21); 303BG (18); 305BG (18); and 306BG (19). These are joined by 26 B-24's: 44BG (12) and 93BG (14). Of this force...

  • VIII Bomber Command 48

    31 March 1943
    The shipyards ar Rotterdam, Holland are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (19) and 306BG (19). The weather prevents bombing by 91BG and 306BG reducing the total effective on the target to 33 of the 78 despatched....

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Winchester, Arkansas 24 March 1918
Mission #1, 1LT Herman C. Currie, W/B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 18 March 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat construction yards at Vegesack, Germany. The aircraft sustained battle damage but the pilot was able to return to England and make a wheels-up belly landing in a field. He was not injured. RTB OK.

Mission #2, 1LT Herman C. Currie, W/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 22 March 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #, 1LT Herman C. Currie, W/B-17F 42-5483, 303BG/360BS Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 42-5483, 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Died 16 November 1983
Buried Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2016 20:05:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Mar-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Repeport of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2016 20:03:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Mar-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Repeport of 22-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/025.pdf

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2016 20:00:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Mar-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Repeport of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2016 19:50:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Mar-2016. Edited Summary Biography to include details of the 18-Mar-43 event; Made connectione to Place and AIrcraft (through 31-Mar-43)and Missions (through 31-Mar-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 91,

http://303rdbg.com/rost-cd.html#C

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